I’M STILL HERE
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Duster – Cleobella / Dress – Urban Outfitters (old) / Hat – Free People (similar) / Boots – Madewell

Hello, hello.  Yes, I am still alive. And here is an outfit from 6 weeks ago to prove it ;)

It was not my intention to neglect this space for as long as I have.  Sorry for disappearing on ya.  There have been many nights where I have tucked the kids into bed and sat down at my computer with every intention to write a blog post or two.  But in each attempt, my mind is just so exhausted and full of other to-do’s, that the thought of writing something worth reading, even writing at all, seems like a great task in and of itself.  I started this blog never imagining thousands of people would read it everyday.  It was a space I could put my own personal stamp on….a creative outlet that allowed me to share who I was and what I loved.  Before my kids came along, it was easy.  It was inspiring.  The community that came from it encouraged and motivated me to continue pursuing my creative dreams, and I did.  After Rylee, it became a little harder to keep up with.  And in the last 6 months, after Cru’s arrival (not to mention the launch of a brand new (second) business, Rylee & Cru), it’s become really hard.  The clothing line got off to an incredible start in November and has kept me insanely busy since.  I am currently working on our Spring/Summer collection for 2016!  I am still maintaining my etsy shop, taking on invitation jobs and other various freelance work.  One of my favorites over the last few months has been designing cards for Papyrus!  I am still doing DIY projects, I’m still creating new art, I still love fashion and discovering new and exciting brands and products….I am just not sharing these things here as much as I used to.  Sometimes, I feel sad about that.  I really wish there was more time in my day for blogging.  But the reality is, that in this season of my life, there just isn’t, unless something else is sacrificed. And right now, there is nothing else I am willing or able to sacrifice.

All that to say, I love you guys!  Thanks for being friends, supporters and encouragers over the years!  I will still post here as much as I am able, but don’t be disappointed if my updates are infrequent!  Let’s still be friends and stay connected! For the day to day, you can follow along with me on instagram!

my personal instagram – @kelli_murray

– rylee & cru instagram – @ryleeandcru

 


TWO ELS X LE PETIT ORGANIC
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Valentines day is coming up and Rylee just got the most perfect dress in the mail for the occasion!   Two Els joined forces with Le Petit Organic for this limited edition rose colored dress.  Isn’t it perfectly sweet and girly!?  2 different styles will be released tonight on Le Petit at 9pm ET time! Staying true to her style, we paired it with her black ankle boots and round sunnies.  Can’t believe how “grown up” this girl is getting!  Yeesh.


PIECE & CO. X HONEST Nursing Scarf
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Piece & Co. X The Honest Company 2-in-1 Nursing Cover + Scarf

Cru is one tough cookie to squeeze a smile out of.  But I’ll do all the silly faces and funny noises I can think of to hear him giggle.  I think newborn giggles are quite possibly the best sound on earth.  It’s been a while since my last update, but all of his early tummy troubles pretty much disappeared after week 10.  And here we are at 3 months (can you believe that!?).  I don’t want to jinx it, but he has been a dream the last few weeks.  Sleeping a lot and just a happy-go-lucky little dude.  He is the biggest baby to come from our side of the family yet.  The boy likes to eat.  I feel like a new thigh roll appears every week!  Most everywhere I go I need to make sure I have some sort of nursing cover to accommodate for his healthy appetite.  One of my favorite brands, The Honest Company, partnered with Piece & Co. on this artisan-made 2-in-1 nursing cover + scarf that I am wearing.  Through this collaboration, mothers in rural India received a steady paycheck, access to healthcare, and aid for their children’s education. You can learn more about the collection’s impact HERE.  A product made for mothers, having a huge impact on mothers across the ocean, is a pretty cool thing.  You can purchase the scarf in three colors / patterns:  block-printed chevron, indigo plain weave or multi-color.

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CYBER MONDAY DEALS

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My butt will be here for a good part of the morning :)

Here’s a round up of some great deals going on today from some of my favorite shops!

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ALL SAINTS – 20% off all styles with code THANKS

ASOS – 30% off  with code ILOVEMONDAYS

STEVEN ALAN – take an additional 15% off on orders $250 or more with code CYBER15

CLEOBELLA – take an extra 20% off sale with code BELLA20

FREE PEOPLE – additional 25% off all sale items

HACKWITH DESIGN HOUSE – 30% off with code HolidayHDH

GAP – 40% off with code CYBER

J.CREW – 30% off select full-price styles with code HOLIDAY and additional 40% off sale + free shipping

MADEWELL – 20% off your entire purchase with code GIFTON

NEED SUPPLY CO. – 20% off sitewide

NORDSTROM – up to 40% off select products

SHOPBOP – Tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000  with code GOBIG14

THE DRESLYN – 20% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY

TOPSHOP – 30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items

URBAN OUTFITTERS – take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150

KIDDOS :

DARLING CLEMENTINE – 20% off with code MONDAY

LADIDA – 20% off already 40% marked down items with code CYBER

FAWN SHOPPE – 40% off + an additional 10% off with code CYBER

MURRAY & FINN – 35% off with code SHOPSMALL

THUMBELINE – 20% off your entire order with code GOBBLE20

LE PETIT ORGANIC – 30% off with code BF30

BACABUCHE – 30% off sitewide

NICO NICO – 30% 0ff AW 14 with code SMALLTRADES

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And of course, I’d love it if you shopped RYLEE & CRU this holiday season!  I won’t be offering any discounts today, out of fairness to all of you who supported me by purchasing at full value on the launch date and the few days after.  But I’ll give you a “cyber hug” if that’s any consolation! haha.  On my ETSY shop however, I am offering 20% off with code CYBER.  Happy shopping!  xx


PS I ADORE YOU: FAYE’S STORY

I am honored to be the PS I Adore You sponsor for the month of November!  PS I Adore You started with three passionate moms who were committed to bringing awareness to childhood cancer.  By offering fresh, on-trend items they’ve created a platform to shine a light on courageous children battling their disease. Your purchases fund the fight, and this month, we are focusing on miss Faye.  Here is here story, written by her mama:

Three and a half years ago we were expecting our third baby and Faye, then three, often complained of leg pain.  Doctors chalked it up to growing pains, but Faye’s pain increased, she often had fevers, and eventually she didn’t want to leave bed. The only comfort she could find is if we were rubbing her knees 24/7.  Several days after her brother Nixon was born, we took Faye back to the doctor where they did x-rays and blood tests.  Hours later we were in an ambulance heading to Texas Children’s Hospital where Faye would stay for the next five months to receive chemotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare type of leukemia that is difficult to treat.  The doctors told us a bone marrow transplant was an option, but Faye responded so well to chemo that we (doctors included) thought it would be best to proceed without a transplant, despite her little brother Nixon being a match.
Faye spent the next three years in remission and enjoyed all the things normal little girls enjoy–going to school, playing softball, and spending time with her brothers.  She has taken the name “Mini Mommy” upon herself.  She is incredibly helpful with another new, now one year old little brother.  When she began complaining of leg pain again we were scared to death, but her blood work looked great and we told ourselves her prior chemo could have long range effects on her body.  As the leg pain continued though, we wanted definite answers and asked for an MRI, which showed abnormalities in her bone marrow.  After a bone marrow biopsy, our worst fears were confirmed.  Faye’s cancer is back and this time a bone marrow transplant is the only option.
Faye spent the month of September in the oncology ward of Texas Children’s Hospital receiving chemotherapyto bring a second remission, which has been achieved.  Currently Faye is on the bone marrow floor where shereceived additional chemo to kill her bone marrow. She has received her transplant using Nixon as a sibling match. Now it is a waiting game to see if her body accepts the cells from Nixon.
Faye is as brave as a little girl can be as she goes through what no little girl should have to and has always prayed for her brother Nixon that “he will be OK when they do the ‘bow and arrow’” (Faye’s way of saying bone marrow).  We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father and for the heavenly and earthly angels who are helping Faye and our family through this fight.
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As a mom, I can’t imagine walking through this with one of my own children.  To see your child suffer in any way,  especially from a life threatening disease like cancer, is one of the worst things imaginable as a parent.  And on top of the emotional toll it takes on a family, there is also a huge financial one.  Fortunately, this is one part that we CAN help with.  10% from every purchase made on PS I Adore You this month will go straight to Faye and her fight.
I’ve styled some of my favorite items that will be available this month below!  Please join in helping this sweet family and receive something fabulous in return!
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Giraffe Dress – available now
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Striped Dress – available Nov. 6th
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Knit Circle Cardigan (available Nov. 18th) and little girl’s dress (available Nov. 6th)